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At Manhattan's Newest Hotels, It's Nothing But Foo Dogs, Sewing Machines And Curvy Walls

August 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM | by | ()

Now, let's not make a big deal about this, but summer is kinda...sorta winding down. And coming up is back-to-school season, which for NYC, is usually one of the busiest times of the year, hotel-wise.

But another thing to look forward too, of course, is new hotel openings! This year, Manhattan is adding a new boutique hotel housed inside an old hat factory, known as

We had originally been told The Refinery was opening this fall, though the website won't allow you to book reservations anytime before March 2013 (incidentally, rates start at around $379/night, for those of you who were wondering). But this could all change if the hotel is ready sooner.

Meanwhile, we can't say the same about Hyatt Union Square, which, despite having a website up, is still saying it's not currently accepting reservations. Same old story. Meanwhile, we got the insider's scoop on the design of the rooms (specifically, those sexy curved walls) back in March, and we've been keeping tabs on the exterior construction (above), which has definitely been making progress.

But as for an opening date? We won't hold our breath.

And finally, another downtown hotel that's been in the works for quite a while is the upcoming Wyndham Garden Chinatown. The 106-room hotel is located on Manhattan's Lower East Side, which means two things: awesome views of Brooklyn and the East River, plus little Chinatown-influenced touches like "a pair of imposing Foo Dogs" flanking the entrance.

While the website announces a "summer 2012" opening, that clearly hasn't happened, and isn't about to (we walked by the place the other day, and there's plenty of construction still going on). We'd say a late Fall opening is more likely...but more on this to come!

[Photos: The Refinery; email submission; BoweryBoogie]

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